WADCO NEWS Volume 1 Plainville, Mass., November 4, 1920 Number 7 Mesh time lost in hours Solder Filled Wire REQUIRES CAREFUL HANDLING our little mesh away night and weaving wire The Ancients Better Skilled In Some Ways Than We Are In a previous issue of this paper there appeared an article on the history of mesh and most of you have, no doubt, viewed the ancient mesh in our little exhibit. Judging by some of the dates </\\- en those mesh artists were about one leap ahead of the stone age. With what envious eyes they must look down upon us from the'.r happy hunting ground above, and watch machines clicking day, automatically into mesh of a much liner and superior grade than theirs! And as we have but little use for armor in these days, we cut this mesh up and join it into purses to gladden "Miladies' Heart.*' Thinking it over, have we so much on those medieval chaps after all for it seems but yesterday that we also were winding our wire on a rod into the form of a * spiral spring, then splitting and joining into mesh, by hand, the rings thus obtained, but let's forget that slow method. In or- der to keep up with the demand we must have machines, good machines. These we certainly have, as you can see for yourself, if you will but take a peek into the Mesh Boom. Our best grade of mesh is soldered. Solder-filled wire makes this possible coupled with the fact that our mach- ines make a perfect ring with cor- rectly mitered and closed joints. A perfect joint is necessary for a suc- cessful soldering operation. That is why it is necessary to exercise great care in handling this mesh. Before it is soldered, the wire that goes into the making of soldered mesh, is only nine one-thousandths of an inch in diameter, and it does not require a tremendous strain to open the rinjjs. Open rings means unsoldered rings. Unsoldered rings means poor mesh that must be mended and adds great- ly to the cost of the finished product. (Cont'd on page 2) Oct. 16 Oct. 2:: .Mesh Boom, 32.75 11.25 Assembly Room, 66.25 62.50 Polishing Room. 15.25 28.50 ( 'oloring Room, 13.0 9.75 Bench, Department, 23.0 26.50 Soldered Mesh. 31.50 12.75 Unsoldered Mesh. 20.75 17.25 Tool Koom, 5.30 8.0 Stamp and Press. 7.50 5.0 Sewing Dept., 10.0 5.0 Rolling Dept.. .... Maintenance, 14.LV) 10.25 Planning Dpt., 4.0 4.0 Repair Dept.. 15.2.") 13.25 Snap Fastener Dept. . 3.75 1.25 Gold Dept. "A". 1.25 5.25 Gold Dept. "B", 16.75 15.0 Total. 280.75 235.50 Whiting Chain Co., 7.0 7.75 Burnishing In order to have good burnishing done on purse-tops, the tops must be carefully prepared in the Buffing De- partment. They must be well cleansed so that when they are colored the gold will deposit in good shape. Af- ter they are colored they arc ready for the burnisher. A burnisher, in order to do a good job, should have good lighl and clean surroundings. His tools must be in perfect shape and free from all Haws. lie should have a good supph of clean towels as from four to six are osed each day. As the tops come from the coloring room, they have a dull finish. When burnished, they have a hard, smooth mirror-like surface which greatly im- proves their appearance. Burnishing, unlike polishing, does not remove any of the gold in the process. When a top is polished, a certain small amounl of <rold goes up the blower while burnishing merely makes the surface hard and smooth with no loss at all. If one were to take a German Sil- ver top and have it polished, there would be nothing left but the german silver, the gold all being polished off. Doc. Nolan. TO BK MADE IN NEW ADDITION. The Basis of Good Mesh Is Good Solder Filled Wire A great deal of interest and specu- lation have been current in the fac tory lately regarding our new ad- dition, what it is for and what ben- efits will accrue from such a move. Our new addition is intended to house an industry affiliated, yet s p a rated from the production of mesh bags, namely, wire in its different stages of manufacture. "Many of you know this industry far belter than the writer, but for the benefit of those who do not, a short word picture will be portrayed here. Wire, that is, good wire, is the back- bone of our mesh production and up- on this material depends the wage of most of our employees and the condi- tion of our business. Good wire means good merchandise and less heartaches and cussing. Boor wire can easily dis- rupt the entire organization from the management down, destroy our pres- tige as makers of quality mesh bags and ruin the morale of the employees You will readily see how important it is that we have good wire, and if you desire confirmation of this, ask Dick- Berkley, flattie Coombs or Bill Sweet. The answer you will receive I already know, including all the em bellishments that go with such an e\ planation to make it forceful enough to sink in. The initial operation in making wire is the assembling of all nickel silver non-solder filled scrap in our Melting Dept.. where it is melted in a gas melting furnace at about 1700 de- grees of heat. When the metal tiqui ties into a molten condition it is run into an ingot casting and allowed to cool or solidify, thus bringing it back to its old condition, in a different shape. An ingot looks a great deal like a huge spike, two inches in diame- ter and eighteen inches in length. Af ter the cooling operation the ingot is taken to the wire department where the metal spike receives a very cutting (Cont'd on page ;i) WADCO NEWS Wadco News PlRI.ISHEU SeMI-MoNTHLY by the Employees of Whiting & Davis Company, Plainville, Mass. Publication Committee J. O. (Jagnon, Chairman W. M. Fuller Lee Higsrins F. Gaddes (). Sotlerstroiu H. B. Howau Editok C. H. Pkasi.kv COMMERCIAL P « C It - P » I H T t » » EDITORIALS Ring True Dont be what you ain't, Jes" be what you is. If you is not what you am. If you can't exhort and preach, Then you am not what you is. If you're just a little tadpole. Don't try to be a fro?. If you're just the tail, Don 't try to wag the dog. You can always pass the plate If you can't exhort and preach, If you're just a little pebble Don't try to be the beach. Don't be what you ain't Jes' be what you is. — The Labor Union. WANTED Articles of interest to the employees to be published in this paper. Among the eight hundred and more employ- ees there surely are many who have interesting ideas to express. Here's your chance to get into print. Remember our paper is a co-opera- tive one and requires the assistance of all who consider that it is worth while. Do your bit today. Turn in the arti- cles so fast that the editor will have to hustle to find space for them. A man is judged by what he does with what he has, not by what he might have done with what he might have had, but has not. The less a man has the greater his relative achievement and success, and the greater credit is due him for what he accomplishes. MESH (Cont'd from page 1 ) Mesh must necessarily pass through many hands before it becomes a fin- ished purse, and the importance of careful handling should be under- stood by all. When it comes off the machine it is weighed, then cut up into sheets and cleaned. Then these sheets are cut up into baa: shapes, weighed again, cleaned and charged for soMering, after which they are soldered, cleaned again, tested and repaired. Now the mesh is ready to be joined into bags. Then it is tested by tubbing, repaired and tagged. From this point it is checked off on orders, and delivered to the coloring room where it is cleaned and tubbed for plating. Afterwards it is struck, plated, tubbed, and lacquered before it is ready to be delivered to the as- sembly room where it is tapered to fit and hung on the frames for which it was intended. Lack of space forbids us to go into details as to how these various operations are accomplished, so let us go down and have another look at the ancient mesh. Did they solder theirs? No, but they welded it and how in the world did they do it ? Tt may be that they are giving us the laugh from up there in their happy hunting ground. SHERBROOKE BRANCH MIDDLEBORO NEWS You cannot always judge by ap- pearance, the early bird may have been up all night. The Province of Quebec was set- tled largely by French and after the French and English "War, one of the peace stipulations was that the French were to have religious free- dom and separate schools. As a re- sult we now have schools for both French and English. School attend- ance at the present is not compulsory although efforts towards this end are now being made. A new law has been recently passed to the effect that no children under sixteen are to be em- playd in factories unless they can read and write in either French or Eng- lish. Our holidays differ from yours. We have already had our Thanksgiving on October 11th. Besides we have Dominion Day, July 1st; Queen's Birthday, May 24th; Christmas and New Year's Day in addition to nu- merous Church Holidays which are quite generally observed by the French. I Cont'd on Page 3) I'pon the wall beside the clock, The Boss has placed a sign Telling all to start their work at sev- en Instead of eight or nine. Now, girls, take heed and listen. We know the Boss is right ; Plainville calls for more bags Calls with all its might. And during working hours We often waste our time, Discussing latest fashions And the fellows, so sublime. And as to being absent Or late — we never should ; We must gather in the shekels. While the gathering is good. We surely do feel grateful For steady work each day. While other shops are silent. And employees have no pay. Bye and bye we'll read a notice In our "Wadco News". Telling all its readers. If they only choose They can buy sweet cider And doughnuts by the peck. But the must come early To the Marcil Farm, by heck ! Hurry up, my dear Marie, Put the public wise — For you know as well as I How it pays to advertise. Girls! keep away from Plympton And all the dances there. For Bees and Wasps do gather To sting the dancers fair. To hear a perfect story, You must to Frances go, For she got stung one fatal night. While dancing with her beau. Now comrades all, O, please take note, 1 have no wish To "get your goat." Just keep him hitched So he will not roam And do be a "sport" When a shot strikes home. Mis. Hattie Goodwin. WA D C O NEWS SOLDFR FILLFD WIRE (from page l> experience, both ends being sawed off and Ihe residue looking like just what it is, a cylindrical bar of niekel silver. The next operation in line is the turn ing off the outside to bring it down to a smooth finish and making it perfect ly round to about 1 % inches in diam- eter. If we left the outside just as it was we should have a sorry lot of wire to deal with for each tray pit and sear would be reproduced, surprisingly magnified on the surface of the fin- ished wire, for the ultimate produc- tion is merely a smaller reflection of the original ingot. Thus an ingot weighing twelve pounds originally and drawn down to .009 wire would equal approximately 53,230 feet or 10 miles. You can imagine then, when yon stretch a 15-inch ingot to 10 miles, what one of those little scars or pits would look like in .009 wire, not two or three inches, but probably several hundred yards would be affected. If you should figure the surface this wire would cover, if flattened out and placed in a square, you could cover a room containing 127 square feet. You would find it some stunt to flatten out a 15 inch ingot to cover one of your looms, but you have that much sur- face on it when you draw it down to .009 wire from which we make our No. 4 mesh. To be cont'd NEW COMERS SPORTING DEPARTMENT Mesh Room SHERBROOKE BRANCH (Cont'd) It is a very easy matter to step out into the open from here and game is quite abundant. Our employees go after deer over the week ends, but as vet we have no venison to eat. As you know Canadian Industries are dependent to quite a large extent on the United States for some portion of their material and supplies, con- sequently a large portion of the rev- enue of the country is raised from Customs Duty and we have to give a good deal of attention to the Customs rules and regulations, and when we import goods from the V. S., which we are doing frequently we, after re- ceiving notice from the Express Com- pany of the arrival of a shipment, in- voice of which has or should have reached us previously by mail, make out three copies of an entry which must correspond in all particulars with the Customs manifest. L. W. Cook. I. con Mooradian George Gananian Mrs. Edgar Beaupre Assembly Boom Miss Idella Dumas Blanche Preeourt •Tess'e Jillson Polishing Room Wa^do E. Barney Coloring Room Annan Percourt .T. A. Robitalle " " Leo Greve Bench Dept. Joseph E. Moran Augustin II eon Otto Xewhaus Adolph Rheaume Ravmond Fagnan Charles Blanchard George Paquin I.eontine Gamin Soldered Mesh Mrs. Helen Richmond Unsold *d Mesh Mary Conely Mrs." Emile Lacasse Matilda White ary Scaccia Mrs.' Danah Wilhelmina McGuire liva Dargis John Endels Tool Room Edward Slattery Alfred E. Blake Stamp & Press Philip King Arthur Gallaut Maintenance Dept. M. C. Henderson Ralph. Spence Planning Dept. Alice Mullaney Irene Bunker John Meegan Office Grace Rhodes Packing Room Assembly Room Song Titles Mr. Francis: "Who do you want to make those eyes for ? ' ' Irene: "Oh, you Beautiful Dodd." Eva: " My Baby 's Arms. ' ' Josephine: "Kiss Me Again." Cora : "Sweet Kisses. " Molly: "Keep away from the Fellow with an Automobile." Mr. Childs:"I love the Ladies.'" Evelyn: "Love Nest." Elsie II.: "Daddy Long Legs." Helen :" Smiles." Lee Higgins evidently can put up a good bluff. If you don't believe it ask the "cop" at Norwood. The man who shouts that all bosses should be sent to the junk pile means that he has a hankering to be boss himself. Prank Brown, Editor In 1889, the Meteors of North At- tleboro were a very strong club and of course the rivalry was just as strong then between the Attleboros as it is at present. The Attleboro fans chal- lenged the Meteors for a game and it was finally arranged. The following is the report of the contest from the daily papers. The Attleboros came to town on Saturday and the way they were trimmed by the local boys was some- thing terrible, the final score being ■ VI to 0. Jingo Draper was in the points for North and the way he mowed our Boys down was awful. striking out 18 men. He was ably as- sisted by Oscar YValden behind the plate, who handled Draper's cannon- ball delivery to perfection. Slater and Kelly were in the points for At- tleboro, who lasted one inning. After that inning every player on the At- tleboro team took a hand in the box. but it was no use. for the boys from up North were hitting for three bases, home runs and singles galore. It was some game. The writer was there with r few Bing'es to help along the slaugh- ter. We are about to start a bowling con- test in the factory. Some of ihe bowlers have been talking it up and it looks as if every department will have a team. A regular shop team will enter the League which is being formed at the Anawan Alleys and as we have some of the very best in this locality at knocking them down, we should cop the trophy. There is a place in baseball for the curve pitcher, but never for a crook pitcher. Hughey (Eee Yah) Jennings is to be associate manager of the X. V. Giants. What a combination he and Mugsey will make? Phil Bennett has returned from his honeymoon and was presented with a cut glass set by the bench hands. F. H. Brown presented it in his usual manner but didn't have a chance to kiss the bride. WADCO NEWS V CAUGHT IN THE MESH A homely little girl met Arthur Plante on the stairs the other day and was heard to say, "Hello, you tunny face." " I '11 bring you a mir- ror in the morning," was his reply. Why is Edith like a Winchester? Because she always repeats. Ida Meyers wishes that Mildred would find out whose birthday it is before she greases any noses. Fred Lymls was a bachelor gay Who came to work in his ear every day. It would be my joy and pride To be always by his side. — But what would his mother say Xo doubt you all know Bob Austin. He took his girl into Boston. They had everything fine, He smiled all the time Until he found out what it eost him. HEALTH HINTS— VI Fever Symptoms. Certain gen- eral symptoms are characteristic of all fevers, and local complica- tions may modify or exaggeratethe symptoms of any fever. The gen- eral symptoms of acute febrile af- tions are dry, hot skin, thirst, full, rapid pulse, coated tongue, diges- tive disorder, loss of appetite, headache, pain in the back and limbs, elevation of temperature, and increased waste of tissue due to a perversion of the physiologic processes. An increased amount of carbonic acid gas is thrown off by the lungs. A partial compen- sation for the waste of tissue is made by the increase in the con- sumption of oxygen. This point needs special emphasis, for the in- creased consumption of the oxy- gen requires an increased air space, and special attention to ven- tilation. Various classifications of fevers will be given later. B. G. Cote, \urse There was a young man named Cheever, And you bet he was some "deceiv- er. ' ' As he walked up the aisle At the girls he did smile. And at last his wife said, "I will leave yer." Of course you all know Kittie Greve, So this news you will gladly receive. Dame Rumor hath said She shortly will wed. We'll trim her. you'd better believe. Ed: "Here's an apple. Olga." Olga : "What's the matter with it!" Al and Bud Kenyon should put on their lights the net time they stop on Red Rock Hill. Puzzle Frank Gaddes claims that he went twenty miles on a half gallon of gas. How far did he walk? The Hallowe'en dance of the W. S. Club gave all an opportunity to have a good time. Dame Rumor was right — cider and doughnuts were there. All had a fine time. Ed. Rocket has sold his motorcycle and is now driving one of Henry's finest. It is certainly surprising how bash- fid the fellows are who come from Wrentham, especially Leon. Have you ever heard of the "Lolly- pop twin six?" If you want to join, ask Rosia. ( 'upid has entered the Stamp Room for Levi Reynolds has "gone and done it." Congratulations, Levi. A certain young girl of the Plan- ning Department, when told that Walter MeCann was going to see "Irene" one night, looked up with a troubled expression, and asked "Irene Who ? ' ' Last Sunday. Ed. Hoffman, Bill Card and Charlie Nash took to the Indian Trail where their efforts were rewarded by seven specimens of ar- row-heads. Who refereed the bout on last Wed- nesday night after work? They say it was a pippin while it lasted. What is the matter with hiring a hall and having it out? Jim Coyne will ref- eree, I am sure, and there will be a decision. Mrs. G. Rivet, of the Woonsocket Branch, won the canary raffled off by Xurse Cote. You have heard the laugh of a vam- pire. The giggle of the coquette. But when Rita McGerry gets going. All your troubles vou'll forsret. We hear a lot in regard to the vamps in the W. & D. Co. How about this quartet from the W. C. Co.: Ra- chel Simpson, Del Staples. Annie Gal- ager and Etta Fitzpatrick ? Miss Nellie Cannon has returned to work after having been out for sev- eral weeks with an injured finger. The price of lumber must have gone up. Sylvia came to work the other day without his toothpick. Mesh Room Conversation Joe: "Do you know that Dick has hired some new help?" Sam : "No. I didn't ; when are they going to start in?" Joe: "Sixteen vears from now." Sam: "How's that?" Joe: "Because they will just be of age at that time." Sam: "What kind of work is Dick going to have them do?" Joe: "Why. I think he will teach one of them how to fix mesh machines under the supervision of his father. Bob Pelligri, and the other, being a girl, will learn about joining machines under the supervision of her father, Felix Benoit. Felix beat Bob by four pounds." Irene, the new vamp, in the As- sembly Room is being very successful. Do-Do and Pinky have left us for a warmer climate. We regret the loss greatlv.